Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?

2. What is Baden's rebuttal to Morgenthau's accusation that he had misplaced evidence?

3. What was missing from the body of the bishop on Flight 66?

4. What does Baden prove is the material around Dr. Martin Luther King's wound?

5. Why did Baden not do an autopsy on Nelson Rockefeller?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Baden chose forensic medicine as his profession.

2. Many cases are mentioned in Chapter Four that others point to as proof that Baden made poor judgments while acting as ME. What is his defense, in general, for the accusations?

3. Discuss why Baden believes how someone dies is a reflection of how they live.

4. Describe why Baden notes the conspiracy theorists' use of the head movement of Kennedy after his shooting leads to unreliable conclusions.

5. Summarize Baden's beliefs about what the DA expects an ME to do during autopsy, when issuing a cause of death or other findings.

6. Discuss the symptoms of strychnine.

7. Explain how the body of Theresa Ferrara was identified and why there were different strands of hair on her torso.

8. Describe how Baden explains why the father of the female drug addict in Chapter Two has little emotion.

9. Describe why Baden believes the dead woman at the fund raiser and the dead baby in the impoverished apartment represent the inequalities of life.

10. Briefly explain the case of Ann Hart.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Joseph Christopher case, Baden points out several odd serial killer characteristics. What made Christopher a rare serial killer? What were his methods? What were his motives? How does this differ from other serial killers? Be sure to be detailed in your answers, and include each phase of Christopher's killing spree, including:

• The shootings in Buffalo

• The killings of the taxi drivers

• The slashings in New York

Essay Topic 2

Explain the forensics used in the case of the prison riot at Attica to prove the guards accidentally shot the hostages. What techniques did Baden use to look at the bodies? What did he find? Why did people dislike his findings? How could he prove the findings? What mistakes did others, such as the funeral director, make that hindered the investigation? Did this serve to increase the tension? Why? Do you think the end result at Attica was beneficial? Why? What group did the riots help create? What does that group do? How did that help the prisoners in the long run?

Essay Topic 3

There are several cases in the book where individuals take part in the death of another person, but are determined to be innocent of wrongdoing. These cases include the case of Daphne Mellon, the doctor and nurse in Chapter 10, and the Sutton Place banker, Robert. Choose one of these cases, and discuss the following:

1.) What was the cause of death for the victim?

2.) What were the circumstances surrounding their death?

3.) Why was no one convicted of their murder?

4.) Do you think that the person(s) involved in the victim's death should have been brought to trial? Why or why not? What is the difference between your chosen case, and the case of Cathy Smith, who served time for giving John Belushi his last drug injection? Why was she brought to justice, but the people in your chosen case were not? What does this say about the current system?

Be sure to go into specific detail about why these deaths were considered accidents, even though someone else was present, or contributed to the death.

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